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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME:    Saturday, April 26, 2014/5:31 p.m.                                             


INCIDENT:      PC 187 Murder


LOCATION:    8800 block of Del Rosa Road, Phelan


SUSPECT:      Michael Thompson, age 47 of Phelan       


VICTIM:            Shirley Thompson, age 75 of Phelan


On Saturday, April 26, 2014, at approximately 5:31 p.m., deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Department responded to the report of an unresponsive female in a residence in the 8800 block of Del Rosa Road in Phelan.  Deputies along with medical personnel responded to the location.  The victim, later identified as Shirley Thompson, was transported to a local area hospital where she was pronounced deceased.   Deputies located the suspect, Michael Thompson, inside the residence, he was immediately detained. 


Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Homicide Detail, responded and are conducting the investigation. Michael Thompson was subsequently arrested transported and booked into the West Valley Detention Center for PC 187 Murder. 


Investigators believe the victim was strangled however; an autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.


Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective Patty Ruiz or Sergeant John Gaffney, at (909) 387-3589.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

Refer:       Public Affairs Division

Phone No.:  (909) 387-3589

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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